Extirpation, Take 2


no longer endangered and

numbering over 800

in a state that totals fifty six thousand odd square miles

handshakes all around, pats on the back –

…an uneasy victory for wolf and man

…to the north, a small island in a great lake,

genetics and climate fight against the

wild icon –

slowly dying, no victory for them, and

handshakes turn to hand wringing,

…another wolf succumbs, a biologist cries –

stripped of protection,

hunters clamor, money flows

and open season begins, once more –

hunters armed with gun and gps,

bullets rip through thick fur and flesh, blood stains the ground –

…the wild howls cease…

…tracked by men for sport, another wall trophy

…a celebration, deliberate and raucous –

who’s overpopulated now?

silence falls,

an unnerving quiet


one month down,

two hundred dead


no longer afforded protection by law,

their spirit is released into the air

removed, once more.

© Tara E. Wisnewski Janisch and Rugged Earth Blessings, 2012-2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of original poems, essays and photographs without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.

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